Author: Michelle Humphrey

Jeff Scott Soto is reaching for the stars

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Jeff Scott Soto is arguably one of the best vocalists to have ever graced the hard rock circuit. He has provided his legendary vocals for some of the biggest names in rock including Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, Journey and Trans–Siberian Orchestra. He has just released his fifth solo album, Damage Control (Frontier Records) available now. Soto… Read more »


Guitarist/Songwriter Jeff Loomis: Reaching a Higher Plain

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Legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis’ highly anticipated sophomore solo album, Plains of Oblivion, is available now through Century Media Records.  There are many special guests featured such as guitarist Marty Friedman, vocalist Ihsahn (formerly of Norwegian black metal band Emperor and current solo artist) and vocalist Christine Rhoades.  Loomis was the lead guitarist for the metal band… Read more »


Review: Iron Maiden’s En Vivo! is a must have

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A new live Iron Maiden Blu-ray, En Vivo!, was released this week through Universal Music Enterprises (UME).  It is a wonderfully put together 2-DVD set with a double soundtrack album.  En Vivo! was filmed on April 10, 2011, in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile during the “Round… Read more »


Exclusive interview with Henry Rollins

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Henry Rollins is one of the most interesting and prolific artists of this day and age.  For more than a quarter of a century, he has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as the front man for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and – without a microphone – as a solitary traveler… Read more »


Faster Pussycat’s 25 Year Itch

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Glam metal band Faster Pussycat was formed in L.A. in the mid-’80s.  The band was only together for ten months before they were signed in 1987 to Elektra Records and this year marks the 25th anniversary of their debut album Faster Pussycat.  Two hits off the album were Bathroom Wall and Don’t Change That Song. … Read more »


The Many Sides of Mike Portnoy

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Rock drummer Mike Portnoy is one of the most influential drummers in the world.  He is a founding member of Dream Theater and while he was with them, the band sold over ten million CDs/DVDs and sold out venues in every part of the world.  He has won practically every drumming award available including 26… Read more »


Interview with Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick

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In 1983, Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson formed Megadeth in Los Angeles.  They reached international fame in the 1980’s and are ranked as one of the “Big Four” metal/thrash bands that also include Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. The band has released several platinum and gold albums over the years, including their landmark albums Rust in… Read more »


Underride Breaks New Ground

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Seattle-based hard rock band Underride have a sound that’s all their own, and vocalist Rev recently said in an interview this past December, “Our music is something new, fun and it’s not depressing.  It’s an anti-Seattle sound.”  The band is currently on a U.S. tour with Rains.  In a recent in-person interview, drummer Jeremy Schulz… Read more »


Rains Independent Storytellers

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Rains is a talented rock band formed in a small town in Indiana twelve years ago.  Vocalist Jeff Rains has faced many challenges along the way, but has persevered through his talent and hard work.  The hard work has certainly paid off as their debut album, Stories, is receiving rave reviews.  Their hit song, Look In My… Read more »


Exclusive interview with Fishbone bassist Norwood Fisher

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It isn’t often that a band breaks onto the music scene and sets the world on fire.  In 1979, Los Angeles musical pioneers Fishbone did just that.  Their music is a mixture of punk, hard rock, funk and soul, and they have been influencing younger bands for over twenty-five years.  Many bands of today have… Read more »


Interview with Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia

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Italian rockers Lacuna Coil are currently on Megadeth’s Gigantour in support of their latest album, Dark Adrenaline.  Their sixth full length release was produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Bullet for My Valentine) in Milan and Los Angeles.  Their music has been described as alternative metal, heavy metal and even Gothic metal, but they have… Read more »


Rok Hollywood – Believin’ It

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Indiana-based band Rok Hollywood brings melodic rock and great guitar riffs to the world of rock.  Reminiscence of the great music from the ‘80s.  I recently had an opportunity to speak with Daren and David from the band (who just happen to be twin brothers). Daren and David have been playing music since they were… Read more »